I came across this interesting article about Princess Aiko . Actually it's not really about her but what her coming to throne would mean for the state of women in Japan and the Japanese economy. While I'm all for the throne being headed by a woman, I can't really say much about the reactions of the majority of Japanese people (having never been to Japan).
Anyhow, this started my train of thought and I realized that as a woman in today's world, I have a lot to be thankful for. Thankful to the women who came before me and fought to be seen and heard. Thankful to the women who put us on equal footing with men. But the moment I've written these words, I'm filled with some anger. Why did women even have to fight hard to be considered equal? Why were they even considered second-class citizens in the first place? Because men deemed it so? Am I wrong?
Yes, I am a feminist. I'm not an insane person though, so I'm not going to fight with men (or anyone else) over stupid things. I simply care about equality and for me that means that I'm granted equal opportunity and the right to expect and achieve what I want, irrespective of my gender. Thankfully, I've not been made to feel (too often in my life) that I cannot or should not do something simply because I'm a girl. I haven't really listened too much to people who have tried to impose restrictions on my person because of my dominating X chromosome, however I find it troubling that not every one is awarded this luxury. The fact that I have to term this as a luxury is a cause for concern in itself. I know about the treatment of women in India even now, the stories I have heard out of Pakistan, the stories in Africa, El Salvador, The Montreal Massacre and so on. Women beaten, raped, mutilated, torched, gunned down - sometimes just for being a woman. How did all this even begin?
Anyway, I'm probably never going to get a satisfying answer because there can be no reason just enough to say "oh ok, it all makes sense now". What's the point of all this? I don't know. I care. I need to do something, and I will. I'm just voicing my feelings and trying to figure out exactly what that something is. I guess I'm going to have a troubled sleep tonight especially since I just came across an interesting coverage of the Montreal Massacre.
A Votre Sante.